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“Living Well With an Ostomy” Guide – 2nd Edition

Order a copy of our Living Well With an Ostomy guide, 2nd edition! This guide includes information on how to care for your colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy.

John Maynard
Empty Your Ostomy Pouch

How to Empty Your Ostomy Pouch Video

How to empty your ostomy pouch, shown by someone who has had an ileostomy for over five years, along with tips and suggestions.

Laura Cox

Stomaversary | A Time to Reflect

Every year, when my "stomaversary" comes around, I take a minute to reflect on where I was in 2011 and the years after surgery.

Laura Cox
after ostomy surgery

10 Things I’ve Done Since Having Ostomy Surgery

In the few years after ostomy surgery, I have accomplished and experienced so much. I wanted to share my short-list with you!

Laura Cox
Ostomy Products

Choosing the Right Ostomy Products

Here you can find help with choosing the right ostomy products, including information about what supplies Medicare covers and an ostomy glossary.

Aimee Sharp
Ostomy diversions

Ostomy Diversions With Joy Hooper

In this video, Joy Hooper is introduced by Laura Cox before explaining the difference between several types of common ostomy diversions (procedures).

Aimee Sharp
Accurate Stoma Assessment

Video/Supplemental Material: Ostomy 101 Webinar-Stoma Assessment

From the novice to the well-seasoned veteran, this hour-long session will provide a step-by-step approach for conducting an accurate stoma assessment.

Aimee Sharp
stoma assessment

Webinar: Ostomy 101 — Five Key Steps for an Accurate Stoma Assessment

In this recorded webinar, you can learn how to identify clinical characteristics assessed during a stomal and peristomal skin assessment.

Sarah McIlvaine
Vegan Ostomy

OstomyLife Community Spotlight | Eric P. | Vegan Ostomy

Eric, from Vegan Ostomy, talks food, family & adjustment after ostomy surgery. He gives tips and a unique perspective to the experience of having an ostomy.

Laura Cox
Meet Laura Cox

Meet Laura Cox | Video

Meet Laura Cox! In this video, Shield HealthCare's Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist is interviewed by our Spinal Cord Injury Lifestyle Specialist, Aaron Baker.

Aimee Sharp
Serving Medicare Ostomates Nationwide
My 89-year-old mother loves to swim but she has found that the pouch fills with water when she gets into the pool. What can we do to fix this?
We recently had someone reach out to our Facebook community with a similar question, and several of our OstomyLife community members responded with their own advice.
Hopefully you and your mother will find their answers helpful ...